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iBird Plus Guide to Birds

By Mitch Waite Group

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iBird Plus 9 Guide to Birds now includes the new features of iOS 9 including 3D Force Touch for opening iBird with shortcuts and Deep Linking to search for any bird right from the iPhone's Spotlight screen. Also included are a new Save Search feature you asked for and 65 updated species accounts.

iBird Plus is Mitch Waite Group's original field guide to birds of North America for the iPhone and iPad. Introduced in 2009 in a famous Apple television commercial "We Have an App for That", iBird Plus was the first smartphone app which showed birders an iPhone could replace a heavy printed field guide.

"If you’re looking for the most expansive digital key, the encyclopedia-like iBird excels. It has the most sophisticated algorithm, incorporates live location, shows search results in real time (with a slide show option) and has the most fine-grained advanced key choices."
-The Quest for a Bird Identification Key by Diana Doyle in ABA BIRDING magazine, March/April 2014 issue

Check out a few of iBird Plus's exciting new features:

■ 3D Force Touch uses shortcuts to open iBird to specific screens while Deep Linking puts iBird's database into the SpotLight search results.
■ Save Search remembers all your search settings even after quitting iBird.
■ Day and Night Themes. Day theme is black text on a paper-white background. The dimmer Night theme keeps the iPhone from alerting every critter in the forest.
■ More sound recordings! Almost all birds, even the shy ones, have songs and calls, and iBird Plus has the best from professional recordists in the field.
■ The only bird field guide app with BOTH illustrations and photos.
■ Powerful Sound Player is the only bird app that displays waveform and spectrograms of the song, has multiple vocalizations per species and shows the recording location.
■ Includes 37 different search attributes covering everything from color, habitat, size, patterns, bill shape, crown color and many more.
■ New subspecies Range Maps show migrations and locations of numerous races during the year.
■ Flickr Option. Allows you to see hundreds of photos people have stored on Yahoo's Flickr site for a chosen species.

Check out these additional features of iBird Plus:

■ Photos. An extensive collection of photos from professionals accompanies all the illustrations.
■ Field Mark Layer. Detailed field marks on illustrations that can be turned on or off helps you to learn the key ID characteristics to look for.
■ Search for any bird by entering a species Band Code, its Common or Latin Name.
■ Favorites, Notes and Lists. Lets you pick birds to add to custom lists, back them up to free Dropbox, sync and share among other iBird apps or send them to your friends.
■ Sort and View Modes. Sort species by name or family and view by compact, icon, and thumbnail or gallery mode.
■ Slideshow. Choose species you want to learn about and the app will present photos and/or illustrations accompanied by songs and calls.

■ MACWORLD'S "BEST REFERENCE APP 2009: 4 ½ out of 5 mice.

(1) Note iBird Plus requires iOS 7, 8 or higher.

What's New in Version 9.0

■ All New iOS 9 Advanced Features
■ 3D Force Touch: Pop from iBird icon
■ 3D Force Touch: Peek from Browse screen
■ Deep Linking: Search for birds from the iPhone Spotlight screen
■ Save Search attributes remembers settings
■ 940 AOU and ABA species with the latest splits and name changes
■ Over 2,400 song and call recordings with multiple vocalizations
■ Customize interface with Day and Night themes
■ New Subspecies Range Maps
■ New composite illustrations from our best artists!
■ Sophisticated search engine with 37 attributes
■ Includes both Illustrations and Photos
■ Persistent Field Mark layer can be turned on or off
■ Slideshow with sounds, special effects, timed delay and more


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Customer Reviews

No more lugging bird books!

I've been using this for a couple of years now. After a lifetime of lugging what seemed like a minor library with me, I can leave them all at home because I have iBird.

I was in an unfamiliar area a few weeks ago and saw an unfamiliar bird. I snapped a couple of quick pictures for reference (so much easier than the old days, hoping it wouldn't fly away while I messed with paper books!) and searched iBird. Sure enough, there it was: a life list bird for me, too.

I tried the "light" versions of five birding apps before I settled on this one, and I'm glad to say I think I got the right one; it's excellent. This is definitely the one to get.

Fantastic update for iOS 9

What I love about iBird products is the developers update them 2 to 3 times a year. Each update adds more species, adjusts names to match AOU changed, improves the illustrations and adds amazing new features. This update uses the new Force Touch and spotlight search.

The update is big (1.2 GB) so make sure you have a high speed wifi or download the app to iTunes in your computer then sync it to your device.

Great tool

I've had this app for several years now. It's grown so much and they've added a lot of functionality without resorting to in app purchasing or obsolescence. At this point I think it's the best birding app out there.

The newest version adds some great new features but what I like best are the updated illustrations and even more bird sounds.

iBird Plus Guide to Birds
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $9.99
  • Category: Reference
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  • Version: 9.0
  • Size: 1.11 GB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Italian, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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